Monday, March 9, 2009

Acrobat Reader Tip

If you are like me, you find a lot of great resources on line for your classes. Many of these are in .pdf formats and you usually use Acrobat Reader (free from to read the file.

But, what happens if you just want to use a part of the file? You still need to give credit to the source, but you may just want to use a little part of the file. Graphics or text can be easily copied and pasted into another document or even a PowerPoint presentation using the Snapshot tool in Acrobat Reader.

Go to "Tools" at the top of the window, then "Customize toolbars" and then scroll way down to "Select and Zoom Toolbar." Check the box in front of the "Snapshot tool". It's icon is a camera.

This icon will now appear on your toolbar at the top of Acrobat Reader.

If you want to copy a part of the .pdf file, simply click on the Snapshot tool icon, select what you want to copy using the mouse, and the highlighted box will be copied to the Windows clipboard. Then simply go to the file or document you want to place this in, place the cursor in the spot to insert the image, and "Paste" it. The selected item from the .pdf file will now be in your other document.

This is a quick and easy way to use part of a .pdf file in another file.


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